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BARRELLING FORWARD

Eva Crocker

  • Original Title: BARRELLING FORWARD
  • Publication date: March 2017
  • Publisher: ASTORIA
  • Country: CA
  • 264 print pages
  • Short stories

Information

  • Epoch: Contemporary
  • Time Period: 21st century
  • Location setting: Canada
  • Themes: FAMILY, Siblings, Homosexuality, PEOPLE facing life, Facing failure, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Poverty, Power, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Social relations, Friendship, LOVE / HATE, Sex, Amorous urge, CHARACTERS, Minorities

Pitch

A story collection that peers at the underbelly of poverty and work, ambition and apathy, loneliness and love, to find the sliver of beauty in each spot. Nothing is ever as simple as it seems: the boundaries between friendship and sex dissolve; power relationships are turned on their heads, transgressions and escapes become traps...

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Winner, Canadian Authors Emerging Writer Award
Finalist, Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers
Shortlisted for the NLCU Fresh Fish Award for Emerging Writers
A National Post Best Book

Eva Crocker is an awarded Canadian writer.

Summary

The objects, rituals, and scenes of everyday life take on an almost mythic quality in these stories, even while remaining intimately recognizable to us all. Eva Crocker peers at the underbelly of poverty and work, ambition and apathy, loneliness and love, to find the sliver of beauty in each spot. Nothing is ever as simple as it seems: the boundaries between friendship and sex dissolve; power relationships are turned on their heads, if only long enough to examine them from all angles; transgressions and escapes become new kinds of traps.

In “Auditioning,” a young twin makes a desperate attempt to reclaim her individuality. In “Serving,” a father and a son give parallel accounts of what it looks like when you let life eat you from the inside out. In “Star of the Sea,” a man watches his past get literally torn down before his eyes. And in the Cuffer Prize-winning “Dead Skin,” an after-school walk through the barrens leaves two boys forever changed.

In stories that ache with longing even as they pulse with new possibilities, Eva Crocker gives us an array of ordinary people, sometimes soaring, sometimes sinking, but always, ultimately, barrelling forward towards what’s next.

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  • Author’s biography

    Eva Crocker is a Canadian writer. She is the author of the critically acclaimed debut short story collection BARRELLING FORWARD (2017). The collection won the Alistair MacLeod Prize for Short Fiction and the CAA Emerging Writer Award; was a finalist for the Writers’ Trust Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers and the RBC Fresh Fish Award for Emerging Writers; and was a National Post Best Book.